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Tiger Woods Sticks With Mark Steinberg; Leaves IMG

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Mark Steinberg leaving IMG before the natural end of his employment with the company (the New York Post says Steinberg was fired).  Steinberg had been Director of Global Golf Business at IMG.  Upon his exit, many wondered whether Tiger Woods would leave IMG with Steinberg, who has represented Woods for most of his career.  According to Woods’ recent Tweet, he will be sticking with Steinberg.

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I have not read anything regarding whether Annika Sorenstam will also continue to be represented by Steinberg, leaving IMG for wherever Steinberg goes.  Further, I have not yet been informed as to whether Steinberg will set up his own practice or join an existing agency.  It would be a very interesting play for Steinberg to sign with Creative Artists Agency (CAA).  The company recently hired Peter Bevacqua, who had been Chief Business Officer at the United States Golf Association (USGA).  Bevacqua was hired by CAA to develop new business for CAA’s Golf Division.  Hiring Mark Steinberg would be a very good start.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.